Journalists of Catholic Radio Station in Mozambique Hide in Forest to Escape Jihadists

A dozen journalists of a Catholic radio station have been forced to hide in the forest in northern Mozambique, denounced the National Community Radio Forum (FORCOM), according to which the entire editorial team of the Community Radio of São Francisco de Assis was forced to flee due to a violent attack by insurgents in the district of Muidumbe, province of Cabo Delgado. Fides News Agency reported the situation.

“On October 31, the insurgents occupied the parish church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, where the Radio is located, forcing the 9 journalists, together with their families, to flee and take refuge for more than ten days in the woods, in the direction of the nearest districts, Mueda and Montepuez, presumably safer within the province of Cabo Delgado”, states FORCOM which also denounces: “armed violence has reached levels never seen before, with the assault and occupation of the main villages”.

According to Father Edgard Silva Júnior, coordinator of the Radio, it is suspected that the entire structure of the radio station has been completely destroyed by the gunmen, but at least part of the equipment was saved, to be transported to the city of Pemba. The village of Muambula, where the Radio station is located, is under the control of the insurgents.

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Another 200 Displaced Christians Families Return to Mosul and Nineveh Plain

There are about two hundred families of Christian displaced people who in recent weeks and in the near future have already returned or are preparing to return to their areas of origin, in the neighborhoods of Mosul and in the cities and villages of the Nineveh Plain, reported Fides News Agency.

The news concerning the ongoing return of a new large group of displaced belonging to the local Christian communities arrived on Wednesday 11 November from Zuhair Muhsin al Araji, and was confirmed by Najim al Jubouri, Governor of the Province of Nineveh. In detail, about ninety Christian families are returning to Mosul and are regaining possession of their homes in the Old City and on the eastern side of the city, after the restoration of adequate security conditions and sufficient urban services.

Christian families fled between June and August 2014, when Mosul and much of the province of Nineveh fell under the control of the jihadist militias of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (Daesh). The displaced Christians of Mosul and the Nineveh Plain had found refuge largely in the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan and in particular in the suburbs of Erbil, its capital.

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100 Days on, the Rebuild Begins

One hundred days after the explosion in Beirut on August 4, a leading Catholic charity has revealed details of its aid program which will enable church bells to ring again across the Lebanese capital.

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) announced that its €5million (£4.53m) aid package will be spent mainly on reconstruction, with churches, a cathedral, and a convent among the buildings being repaired.

The explosion was triggered by 750 tons of ammonium nitrate, creating one of the largest non-nuclear explosions ever recorded, causing more than 200 deaths, 6,500 injuries and leaving 300,000 people homeless.

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Bishop urges Catholics to hope as second typhoon this month strikes Philippines

CNA Staff, Nov 16, 2020 / 06:01 pm (CNA).- Bishop Joel Baylon of Legazpi encouraged Catholics to cling to the theological virtues since two typhoons devastated the central Philippines this month.

According to a Nov. 14 statement, the bishop urged victims to face the disasters of Typhoon Vamco “with new hope and a firm resolve to rise from the ruins and build again.”

“And so here we are again, survivors of yet another disaster, called to do what we have always done in the past: filled with faith and trust in a God who does not abandon us, to rise, rebuild and move on,” Baylon said.

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